I have always, always wanted to play cello.

The cello has a song that I could feel in my bones before my digital ears could interpret the sounds, and it calls me home with its song for the bones.

I love to listen to it, and it was a cello-special symphony that was my first one to ever hear with my cochlear implants five years ago, and it is my very favorite – maybe because I can tolerate its range.

I love when Nathan plays violin for me, but it’s range is so broad and can be so high that I have no desire for it to be right up by my face while I learn to play it badly.

But the cello?  I’m game for the cello.

And this week I was given another gift card, which I had saved the others I was given, and did not need to use the gift cards for school books as expected because of another scholarship.

And so I did it, in the middle of sweet potato fries after the symphony last weekend.

I bought me a cello, one I had been watching for seven years, on sale for $600 off, and bought with gift cards given to me at Christmas (for “play” they said, not for the family or for kids).

image1It has a bow on it, because it is my early birthday present, and for because it is beautiful, and for because I am so very excited!

To get it that cheaply, though, I had to put the strings on myself, which is one reason I had never gotten it before.  I have no idea how to do that, and am scared of those strings!

But then I married Nathan, with full intent on someday having a cello.

And today it came!

Nathan got the bridge ready:

image2And fixed the strings:

image4And tuned them:



Because he loves me.

And it is so beautiful, that’s what.

image5And it is just for me, for play, for relaxing, for songs in my bones.


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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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